Anyone Here Being Treated in Ireland?

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testing765
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Anyone Here Being Treated in Ireland?

Postby testing765 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:19 am

Hi. I was just wondering if anyone (as a patient or as a caretaker/family member/friend/etc.) who is a part of colontalk is being treated for colon/rectal cancer in Ireland. If so, I would like to know if, overall, you have been satisfied with the quality of the health care that you have received. Do you feel like the standard of care for treating colon/rectal cancer in Ireland is similar to the quality of care you would receive in other countries, like the USA, Canada, Australia, etc.?
male-age 44 at diagnosis
8/14-clnscopy
8/14-CT scan,no mets
9/14-left colectomy,CEA 2.2 before surgery
pT2pN2bpM0
3 cm tumor in dscnding colon
7/23 pos LNs
low grade MSI stable
10/14-start folfox
1/15-CT & PET scan and sigmdoscopy- no mets
3/15-finish folfox
9/15- clnscopy- 3 polyps removed
10/15- CT scan, NED
10/16- CT scan, NED, CEA 1.6
10/17- clnscopy- 4 polyps removed, CT scan NED, CEA 1.8
10/14 1.9; 4/15 2.8; 5/15 2.4; 9/15 2.8; 12/15 3.1; 1/16 3.0; 4/16 2.5; 7/16 2.5; 10/16 1.6; 1/17 1.9

macpudd
Posts: 120
Joined: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:00 pm

Re: Anyone Here Being Treated in Ireland?

Postby macpudd » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:07 pm

Hello Testing765,
I live in the north east of Ireland, and was diagnosed and had all my treatment (surgery and chemo) in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. From reading on the forum here about the other members experiences which seem to be mostly in the USA and Canada, I think the the treatment I recieved was pretty similar. As far as I know the big difference can be if you dont have private health insurance you can be waiting a long time for initial testing before diagnosis ie two or three months for a colonoscopy. In my case I did not have private health insurance, was having some vague symptoms, went to my GP in Sept 2014 and was referred for colonoscopy, however the soonest appointment I could get for it was the end of November, or the next week if I had private health insurance. As my symptoms were pretty vague I decided to wait until November, big mistake :cry: . I became very ill in October and ended up having an emergency right hemicolectomy.
Please feel free to ask any questions or pm me. Are you living in Ireland?
Regards
Macpudd
Dx 10/13/2014 right hemicolectomy 10/15/2014 pT4b N0 M0
Folfox x12 from Dec 2014 to July 2015
01/16/18 tonic seizure hospital admission
01/17/18 ct and mri 2cm tumor on left side of brain
commenced anti epileptic and steroids and
insulin.
01/25/18 brain craniotomy 80% of tumour removed pathology says gbm4
6 weeks of rad and Temodar chemo and then 6 monthly cycles of Temodar
MRI in Oct no tumor
Mri Jan 2019 tumour growth Feb Pet scan tumour 6cm, no surgery, starting Avastin also Lomustine


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